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Gas-phase studies of copper(I)-mediated CO2 extrusion followed by insertion of the heterocumulenes CS2 or phenylisocyanate


Yang, Y and Canty, AJ and O'Hair, RAJ, Gas-phase studies of copper(I)-mediated CO2 extrusion followed by insertion of the heterocumulenes CS2 or phenylisocyanate, Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 56, (4) Article e4579. ISSN 1076-5174 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/jms.4579


The gas‐phase extrusion–insertion reactions of the copper complex [bathophenanthroline (Bphen)CuI(O2CC6H5)]2-, generated via electrospray ionization, was studied in a linear ion trap mass spectrometer with the combination of collision‐induced dissociation (CID) and ion‐molecule reaction (IMR) events. Multistage mass spectrometry (MSn) experiments and density functional theory (DFT) demonstrated that extrusion of carbon dioxide from [(Bphen)Cu(O2CC6H5)]2- (CID) gives the organometallic intermediate [(Bphen)Cu(C6H5)]2-, which subsequently reacts with carbon disulfide (IMR) via insertion to yield [(Bphen)Cu (SC(S)C6H5)]2−. The fragmentation of the product ion resulted in the formation of [Bphen]2−, [(Bphen)Cu]- and C6H5CS2 under CID conditions. The formation of the latter two charge separation products thus provides evidence of C–C bond formation in the IMR step. Although analogous studies with isocyanate, which is isoelectronic with CS2, showed a poor reactivity in the gas phase, the mechanistic understanding obtained from these model studies encourages future development of a solution phase protocol for the synthesis of amides from carboxylic acids and isocyanates mediated by copper(I) complexes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:copper(I), cuprous, decarboxylation, carbon disulfide insertion, mass spectrometry, computation, DFT
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Inorganic chemistry
Research Field:Transition metal chemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Canty, AJ (Professor Allan Canty)
ID Code:143457
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2021-03-18
Last Modified:2022-08-19

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